Oak and walnut hatstand valets in Pearly King of Enfield suit.

The Pearly Hatstands of Enfield

Before I reluctantly return the Pearly King suit borrowed for Maison&Objet, I just had to do more photos of it.

Pearly King of Enfield valets

Pearly King of Enfield 3 piece suit on the oak and walnut hatstand valets

The suit is about 130 years old and is a Harris tweed costermonger’s suit which has been made into a full smoother suit.

Oak hatstand valet with Pearly King jacket and cap.

Oak hatstand valet with Pearly King jacket and cap.

I feel a bit like I’m stretching the hospitality of Phil Oakley of Oakley Illuminations and the Pearly Kings and Queens by showing the suit again but when I showed the valets wearing it at Maison&Objet recently, I could have sold it within five minutes of the doors opening.

Light bronze skull on oak hatstand valet, detail of accessory tray.

Light bronze skull on oak hatstand valet, detail of accessory tray.

There were four hundred Pearly Kings and Queens in 1930. Now there are five original families left who dress up to raise money for the poor, sick and needy.

Pearly King of Enfield on oak hatstand valet.

Pearly King of Enfield on oak hatstand valet.

Pearly suits are traditionally made by the Pearly Kings themselves and the best pearly buttons, said to keep evil out and good in, have always come from Japan.

Oak hatstand valet as Pearly King of Enfield.

Oak hatstand valet as Pearly King of Enfield.

Now I think I really have to send that thank you to the Pearly Kings and Queens I spoke to last year about borrowing a suit before I was lucky enough to run into Phil and his suit.

Sam Brown